This Fee Agreement sets the terms of representation between Samuel C. Hasler (Attorney) and________________________________ (Client) in the matter of an uncontested dissolution of marriage.
THIS AGREEMENT TAKES EFFECT when Client returns a signed copy of this Retainer Agreement and pays the fee specified below. Attorney is not obligated to begin legal services until Client meets these conditions.
$400.00 if the parties have no children or real estate.
$600.00 if the parties have children but no real estate.
$600.00 if the parties have real estate.
$700.00 if the parties have children and real estate.
These fees are premised upon the idea that the parties have agreed upon a dissolution and there are no disputes between the parties. If the after signing of this contract and before the court issuing a Decree of Dissolution a dispute does arise, then the above fee shall be a retainer for a contested divorce and a new fee agreement shall be signed by Attorney and Client.
75% if after fee is paid and before attorney prepares documents.
40% if after documents are prepared but not filed are filed with the court.
5% if after the documents are filed with the court.
COSTS. Costs include but are not limited to filing fees, professional fees (such as expert witness, guardian ad litem, and evaluators' fees), long distance charges, mileage, and other costs incidental to the case. Client must pay some of these costs before services are rendered, for example, filing fees and guardian ad litem's retainer. At the present time, the filing fee is $152.00 and this must be paid before filing with the court.
Our Attorney-Client relationship is privileged. Communications between Client and Attorney concerning this matter are confidential. However, Client understands that Attorney may consult with other attorneys and other professionals regarding this matter. Client understands that, if Client brings a third party to any meeting, Client understands that s/he waives the privilege for that third party at that meeting unless the third party is also bound by confidentiality.
Client agrees to furnish all relevant documents, witnesses, and other evidence, and will cooperate with Attorney in resolving this matter. Client understands that, according to the Rules of Professional Conduct, opposing counsel may not contact Client if Client is represented by an attorney, therefore Client will not talk with opposing counsel in this matter. Client will notify Attorney if opposing counsel contacts Client or attempts to talk with Client.
Office hours. Office hours are 9:00 noon and 1:30 pm to 5:00 Monday through Friday and 9:00 to 12:00 Saturday. The office is closed during the lunch hour. I currently have the office telephone at my home. You may not just drop in. I may have you drop off papers at my home office but it will be at a set time and with my permission only.
Phone calls. If Attorney is not available to take Client\u2019s call, Attorney will return the call if Client leaves a message and a phone number. When Attorney is out of the office, Attorney cannot return Client\u2019s call unless Client leaves a number.
Remember that e-mail is not confidential. E-mail can be intercepted, sent to the wrong person, retrieved from your computer by curious family members. Attorney recommends that Client print e-mail to and from Attorney and file them in Client\u2019s file, delete the e-mail, and empty the \u201cdelete\u201d file.
Do not send attachments unless we have talked about it beforehand. A virus can \u201chighjack\u201d your address book and send itself by attachment to all the people in your address book, therefore Attorney\u2019s computer program routes messages with attachments to a delete file.
Just because Attorney and Client can contact each other instantly by e-mail does not mean Attorney or Client is waiting to receive it and will answer it immediately.
Client\u2019s file. Attorney sends to Client copies of all court documents, correspondence between counsel that affects decisions Attorney and Client make about the case, and other documents pertinent to the case. At the end of the case, Attorney will remove and return to Client all original material received from the Client. Attorney will retain the remainder
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